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First Day Hike! 1:00 pm
First Day Hike! @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  Coming Soon!  First Day Hike on January 1st, 1-3 pm Enjoy a leisurely two-mile stroll down the Canalside Rail Trail and get the New Year started off on a Great Falls note. This family friendly hike follows a gentle route and provides an opportunity to discover the abundant natural, historical, and cultural features that make the Great Falls Discovery Center and rail trail such an amazing State Park! Be prepared for cold weather: dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are welcome on leash. Afterward, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the Discovery Center’s Great Hall, sponsored by our Friends Group.  Sign in at the Discovery Center’s Great Hall at 1:00 p.m. Hike will begin at 1:15 p.m.
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Talking Cloth: Kangas from East Africa 10:00 am
Talking Cloth: Kangas from East Africa @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm
Great Hall Art Exhibit: Talking Cloth: Kangas from East Africa Before there were T shirts to convey our thoughts and identities, there were kangas. Kangas are the everyday cloth worn and used by women in many East African countries, unique for their colorful patterns and also their printed text. The messages, slogans and sayings printed on these cloths are used by women to trade barbed insults, give each other compliments, commemorate events, or to express hope, sorrow, and pride. The kangas in this exhibit are from the collections of two local women who have lived and worked in Kenya and Tanzania. The Discovery Center will be open special hours on Monday, January 21, 10 am to 4 pm for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
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Art Reception – Talking Cloth: Kangas from East Africa 1:00 pm
Art Reception – Talking Cloth: Kangas from East Africa @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Art Reception – Talking Cloth: Kangas from East Africa The opening reception for the Great Hall art exhibit features a talk about the history and cultural context of kangas. The reception is also a kid friendly opportunity to try on kangas, and participate by imagining and drawing your own kanga design. Design a border and center, and then think about what message you might want to convey. Do you have a mantra or favorite proverb?
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Special Open Hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 10:00 am
Special Open Hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Special Open Hours on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  Monday, January 21, 10 am—4 pm
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